AUTUMN PORTRAITS

Villa Ortensia

Photo ©CRISTINA ARCHINTO

The evolution of Villa Ortensia’s garden initiates from the ideas and the care of the Crespi family. The traditional citrus grove is giving way to an extensive avocado grove. It is made up of different varieties of avocados that are well suited to the volcanic soils and to Sicily’s mild climate. Similarly, the old farmhouse, formerly used as a winery and a cellar for storing wine barrels, still retains it’s beautiful characteristic structure. It represents a splendid testimony of the vineyards and citrus groves which were cultivated on these lands and of the transformation of Sicilian gardens over time.

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